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Minn. DWI arrests spike over Fourth of July, stats show

ST. PAUL -- The Fourth of July is statistically one of the worst holidays of the year for drunk driving in Minnesota, figures for the past five years show.

Law enforcement has made an average of 3.9 arrests per hour for driving while intoxicated, 2013-2017 statistics from the Minnesota Department Public Safety show. Labor Day and St. Patrick’s Day follow at 3.8 per hour.

“With so many ride-share programs available, it’s frustrating to know many people continue to get behind the wheel after drinking,” said Lt. Tiffani Nielson of the Minnesota State Patrol. “A DWI can change your life forever. Whether it’s financially or carrying the burden of taking a life, it’s not worth it. Line up a sober ride and celebrate the holiday responsibly.”

Minnesota plans an extra enforcement and awareness campaign July 6-22, the DPS said.

During the 100 deadliest days (Memorial Day to Labor Day) in 2017, preliminary numbers show speed played a role in 23 fatalities.

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